The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Union (Steamboat), 1 Jul 1857

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The new ferry boat UNION made her first appearance yesterday afternoon under full headway. It was her first trip, made for the purpose of testing her powers and trying the engines. She has 2 engines of 700 horsepower, which furnish her with great facilities for her particular business. Her length is 175 ft., and breadth of beam 36 ft.; extreme width across decks, 64 ft. Her hull is of oak entirely. She will be fitted up with all the appurtenances of modern steamboating, and provided with every luxury that can be obtained to render her a pleasant and agreeable change from the noise and dust of the cars. On her trial trip yesterday, she ran down to Fighting Island averaging 16 miles an hour on the passage.
      She was built in Windsor by Hunt & Knight and designed by the Civil Engineer of the Great Western Railway. Fellers & Benjamin have charge of her eating arrangements.
      Detroit Free Press
      July 1, 1857

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Union (Steamboat), 1 Jul 1857